Teens killed in shootout at southwest Atlanta apartment complex identified

Atlanta police have confirmed with Channel 2 Action News that multiple teens were shot in southwest Atlanta at an apartment complex.

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Police responded to the scene at 3000 Continental Colony Parkway after reports of people being shot around 5:08 p.m.

The address appears to be an apartment complex named The Retreat at Greenbriar.

According to the police, a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old were pronounced dead at the scene while several other victims were transported to a nearby hospital.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victims as Malik Grover, 14, and Justin Powell, 16.

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Police said three teens — a 15-year-old female, 15-year-old male, and an 11-year-old boy — were transported to a local hospital.

“A week before Christmas, families should be preparing to celebrate Instead, we have parents in Atlanta doing what no parent should ever have to do: laying their children to rest,” Mayor Andre Dickens said. “My heart is broken for these families. And I have anger in my soul.”

Police believe some type of argument on social media escalated the incident to gunfire.

“One group of individuals came to the apartment with their guns, then the other group fired their weapons,” Deputy Chief Charles Hampton Jr. said. “Both parties had weapons.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Atlanta police.

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